Megan McArthur/NASA
Good Angle

NASA Astronaut Realizes She Photographed an Airplane Way Below Her

byTony Tran
Oct 10
Megan McArthur/NASA

"It made me laugh out loud."

Eye in the Sky

Pics of the Earth from the International Space Station (ISS) can offer some pretty stunning (and rarely seen) perspectives of the planet. Due to the distance, though, it’s not often that they’re able to capture actual human activity. 

Luckily, NASA astronaut Megan McArthur was able to do just that with an incredible picture she took over the skies of Alberta, Canada. At first blush, the picture seems to be a typical aerial shot of the Canadian countryside. If you look closely, though, you can see an airplane flying across the image. 

See for yourself below:


Flight to Florida

McArthur said on Twitter that the picture was taken at 19:48 GMT over Pakowki Lake. Based on that information, some very clever users were able to suss out the plane: an Atlas Air cargo flight going from Anchorage, Alaska to Miami, Florida.  

It was a very serendipitous and neat moment for McArthur who flew up to the ISS as part of the NASA SpaceX Crew-2 mission, which launched in April of this year. Her Twitter timeline is filled with stunning photos she’s been taking from the mission — though only one has a cargo plane flying through it.

More on space photos: Space Station Astronauts Spot Strange Glow Over Europe

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